Toward Automated Holistic Beat Tracking, Music Analysis, and Understanding
Date of Original Version
© 2005 Queen Mary, University of London
Abstract or Description
Most music processing attempts to focus on one particular feature or structural element such as pitch, beat location, tempo, or genre. This hierarchical approach, in which music is separated into elements that are analyzed independently, is convenient for the scientific researcher, but is at odds with intuition about music perception. Music is interconnected at many levels, and the interplay of melody, harmony, and rhythm are important in perception. As a first step toward more holistic music analysis, music structure is used to constrain a beat tracking program. With structural information, the simple beat tracker, working with audio input, shows a large improvement. The implications of this work for other music analysis problems are discussed.
ISMIR 2005 6th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval Proceedings, 366-373.